Name: Vijay Mistry
Age: 21 years
Degree and university: I am currently in my fourth and final year at Lancaster University Business School studying Accounting, Auditing & Finance. This is the ‘EY’ Degree — BSc (Hons) Accounting, Auditing & Finance degree – a four-year sandwich degree run in partnership with Ernst & Young and ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, with a job guaranteed at the end of the degree.
Did you always want to enter the financial sector? After my GCSE’s I went to sixth form college where I studied computing, graphics, maths and accountancy. I knew quite early on that I wanted to pursue a career in accountancy and hence I applied to Lancaster University on the accounting and finance course. Once my application was received by the university, I was sent a letter detailing the EY Degree; what it was and why it would benefit me. I applied for the EY degree and after some online tests, interviews and workshops I was offered a place.
Why did you decide to study at Lancaster? I liked the campus and the friendly atmosphere when I visited the university on the open day. I liked how everything was on campus without the noise of inner city life. Also the management school was highly rated and has many awards. This was another important factor which motivated me to achieve the grades at A-Level in order to be accepted at Lancaster.
What did you do on your placement year? As my degree is sponsored by Ernst & Young, I was guaranteed a placement with them, in one of their offices across the UK. I wanted an opportunity to experience first hand how the profession operated and performed. My placement was spent working in the Ernst & Young audit department in Manchester. I really wanted to be based in the North West, as it is close to my home, and ideally this is where I want to work after graduation. Although I was based in Manchester, I did a lot of traveling during my placement as many of my clients were based in Liverpool and Chester and some were even based down south. It was very challenging and demanding at times, but it was a good experience to have at such a young age as it provided me with the assurance that this is what I wanted to be doing in the near future.
What does the future hold for you? I have been offered a graduate job with Ernst & Young, so I plan to continue working as an auditor and pass the remaining professional exams, which I need to complete in order to become a fully qualified chartered accountant. I also plan to work in other departments within Ernst & Young, if a secondment opportunity becomes available. This will give me a good knowledge of other services offered by the company.